haul

verb
\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce haul (audio) \
hauled; hauling; hauls

Definition of haul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause (something) to move by pulling or drawing : to exert traction on haul a wagon
b : to obtain or move by or as if by hauling was hauled to parties night after night by his wife
c : to transport in a vehicle : cart The cattle were hauled to market. trucks hauling freight
2 : to change the course of (a ship) especially so as to sail closer to the wind
3 : to bring before an authority for interrogation or judgment : hale haul traffic violators into court

intransitive verb

1 : to exert traction : pull haul back on the reins
2 : to move along : proceed about three o'clock we hauled into Moonridge— Kenneth Clark the bull hauled back for another lunge— F. B. Gipson
3 : to furnish transportation a nominal charge for hauling
4 of the wind : shift
haul ass
slang, often vulgar
: to move quickly haul ass or you'll miss your flight

haul

noun

Definition of haul (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act or process of hauling (see haul entry 1) : pull The rope stood up under the strain of the haul.
b : a device for pulling or carting something : a device for hauling
2a : the result of an effort to obtain, collect, or win the burglar's haul
b : the quantity of fish taken in a single draft of a net
3a : the act or process of transporting something in a vehicle : transportation by hauling a rail haul meant that several hundred expensive … cars would have to be bought— N. M. Clark
b : the length or course of a transportation route a long haul
c : a quantity transported : load a haul of lumber

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Synonyms & Antonyms for haul

Synonyms: Verb

drag, draw, hale, lug, pull, tow, tug

Synonyms: Noun

bounty, catch, take, yield

Antonyms: Verb

drive, propel, push

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Examples of haul in a Sentence

Verb

They hauled the boat up onto the beach. The car was hauled away to the junkyard. We used buckets to haul water up from the river. She hauled herself to her feet and limped home. I'm tired of hauling this heavy camera around with me. The prisoner was hauled away in handcuffs. They hauled her off to court. The cattle were hauled by rail. The company has a fleet of trucks that are used to haul freight.

Noun

each haul of the rope Authorities seized the drugs in one of the biggest drug hauls in the history of the county. The kids always collect a substantial haul of candy on Halloween. It's just a short haul from our cabin to the beach.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The streaming service earned 91 nominations for this year's Emmy Awards, second only to HBO, which hauled 111, and well ahead of Hulu's 18 and Amazon's 16 according to Business Insider. Hamza Shaban, chicagotribune.com, "Netflix adds 5 million new subscribers, surpassing 100 million," 18 July 2017 Hundreds of people, including prominent intellectuals, had signed the charter by the time Mr Liu was hauled away to his cell. The Economist, "China’s conscienceLiu Xiaobo’s death holds a message for China," 15 July 2017 A pipeline that hauls oil from West Texas’ Permian Basin to Houston shut Thursday after a 1,200-barrel spill near the state capital, Austin. Ben Sharples, Bloomberg.com, "Oil's Weekly Gain Belies Smaller-Than-$1 Increase From Late 2016," 14 July 2017 Yeah, there's the handful of students who love running and are cooling at the finish line in ten minutes flat, but for everyone else, hauling yourself a full mile at a jog is no small feat. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Girls in Saudi Arabia Will Can Soon Take Gym Class," 13 July 2017 The group is scheduled to meet with Waste Management, the company which hauls Mobile's garbage, on Wednesday. John Sharp, AL.com, "Mobile inches forward on 'robust recycling' plan, despite council's cautious approach," 11 July 2017 Several cars of a freight train hauling crude oil derailed Friday night in Plainfield prompting an evacuation but no injuries, officials said. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Freight train hauling crude oil derails, causing evacuation but no injuries," 30 June 2017 The victim was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive his head wounds, Officer John Buttle said.. Officers cruised around the area, looking for the Winnebago hauling a black Jeep. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bay assault suspect makes getaway in RV towing a Jeep," 28 June 2017 According to Kansas City police, a truck hauling construction equipment struck part of the bridge, which dislodged concrete. Toriano Porter And Joe Robertson, kansascity.com, "Barry Road and U.S. 169 in Northland re-opened after bridge accident," 24 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The five Beanpot titles the Huskies previously brought home to Huntington Avenue were less than half of the next-worst haul, Harvard’s 11. Jimmy Golen, The Seattle Times, "Northeastern beats BC 4-2 for 2nd straight Beanpot title," 11 Feb. 2019 Several analysts graded the 49ers' draft haul, using a wide range of marks. Noel Harris, sacbee, "49ers draft grades: Some surprise picks lead to a wide range of marks for 2018 class | The Sacramento Bee," 29 Apr. 2018 But there are other ways to replenish the haul, and thinking outside the box (tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai, for instance) could help the Eagles land one of their top targets in this year’s draft. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Who are the most likely candidates from the Eagles' roster to be traded during the draft?," 23 Apr. 2018 Democrats are enthusiastic about their leading candidate, ironworker and Army vet Randy Bryce (often referred to by his twitter moniker @Ironstache.) Bryce, who's posted impressive fundraising hauls, outraised Ryan in the last quarter. Carrie Dann, NBC News, "Paul Ryan's former driver is running for his congressional seat," 23 Apr. 2018 And the incumbent’s small-dollar haul was more than three times his challenger’s: $918,000 to $265,000. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Democrats lead Republicans on fundraising ahead of midterms," 15 Oct. 2018 The haul is more than the group brought in all of 2016. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Jim Callis wrote that the Royals' draft haul was the second-best among the 30 major-league teams. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Royals' draft haul ranked as second-best by MLB.com writer," 11 June 2018 O'Rourke's fundraising haul is the largest of his campaign so far, surpassing the previous high of $2.4 million, raised in the last three months of 2017. David Wright, CNN, "Cruz challenger O'Rourke raises hefty $6.7M," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of haul

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for haul

Verb and Noun

Middle English halen to pull, from Anglo-French haler, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch halen to pull; akin to Old English geholian to obtain

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More Definitions for haul

haul

verb

English Language Learners Definition of haul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pull or drag (something) with effort
: to move or carry (something) with effort
: to force (someone) to go or come to a place

haul

noun

English Language Learners Definition of haul (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of pulling or dragging something with effort : the act of hauling something
: a usually large amount of something that has been stolen, collected, or won
: a distance to be traveled

haul

verb
\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce haul (audio) \
hauled; hauling

Kids Definition of haul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to pull or drag with effort
2 : to transport in a vehicle haul freight

haul

noun

Kids Definition of haul (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of pulling or hauling They got closer with each haul.
2 : an amount collected a burglar's haul
3 : the distance or route traveled or over which a load is moved It's a long haul to the beach.

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